Gertrude and the Magical Fish


Children - Animals
30 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2014
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Author Biography

Angela Emily Neveins is a Jamaican born author. She grew up and lived in springfield, Massachusetts. Currently residing in Houston, Texas, Angela has worked hard to set a fine example for her five children. By overcoming the negativity which prevented her from writing for so long, Angela is hoping to set an example for not just her children, but for anyone who want to follow their dreams.

When she is not writing, Angela enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also love listening to music, watching sports and movies, and traveling.

Angela continues to be all that she can be, and learning to live her life without limits.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Gertrude and the Magic Fish is a children’s book written by Angela Emily Neveins and illustrated by Mahfuja Selim. Once upon a time there a little old lady named Gertrude who lived at Avalon. It was a very nice place to live, but her family had grown up and left home, leaving her to live alone with her cat, Mr. Whiskers. They had a happy and contented life. Gertrude raised beautiful flowers and delicious fruit and took long walks. She was happy, but she missed her family. One day, when she was taking a walk by a peaceful stream, she was overcome with her emotions and began to cry. A fish swam by and discovered the old woman sobbing. After asking why, the fish became a cute little girl with bulging eyes. The child, Leeka, came to live with Gertrude, who loved and treated her like a granddaughter. After quite some time, Leeka began to miss her family. Gertrude encouraged her to return to the water and be a fish again. While Gertrude missed Leeka, she knew she had done the right thing.

Gertrude and the Magic Fish is a delightful read, demonstrating that sometimes you have to let go of the ones you love. The illustrations are beautifully done with bright colors. I love the way the illustrator created faces that conveyed the emotions of the characters. The story is cute and easy to understand. I would suggest this book for preschoolers and lower elementary students. This tale will be a nice addition to a child’s book shelf or a classroom shelf.